On behalf of myself and GTI, I wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year! Looking back on 2012 it was another great year of training with long time clients as well as having the opportunity to work with new ones. As a former law enforcement officer, I know the dedication and hard work it takes each and every day to protect the public. I want to personally thank every one of you in the military and law enforcement fields for what you do and for the sacrifices you make for our country.
2012 has not been without its share of tragedies and I wanted to take some time to honor our friends and brothers who have suffered and paid the ultimate price. In 2012, I had the honor to work with the US Virgin Islands Homeland Security Office to provide advanced swat training to the St. Croix and St. Thomas Swat Teams. Working with Homeland Security Director, Irvin Mason, we brought these officers to our facility in Barnwell, SC where I had the chance to eat, drink, train and get to personally know these fine men and women for three weeks. We talked shop and we talked about family and at the end of the training, we all became a family and talked about seeing one another down the road.
On May 27th, 2012 I received a call from my brothers in the USVI that Officer Colvin "Peeks" Georges, one of the officers who attended our training, was shot and being airlifted to Florida with a critical injury to his neck. Reports of the incident showed that Officer Georges and his partner were ambushed while on patrol, but they were able to return fire killing one suspect and injuring another. The injury left Colvin paralyzed and fighting for his life. Later, on August 20, I received word again that another officer that attended our training from the USVI, Elsworth Jones, was shot and injured when he and Chief Howell responded to a robbery at a local restaurant. Jones sustained injuries to his face, eye, throat, and now has a titanium plate in his cheek.
On September 29th, 2012 after fighting for four hard months, I learned that Colvin passed away from his injuries. I will always remember the times in class with Colvin and his good nature and willingness to learn and train hard. Currently Officer Jones is recovering and I look forward to the times I can see him and all my brothers from the USVI. RIP Peeks!
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